Julie Israel is an author, artist, and real-life unicorn (for getting a degree in Creative Writing and actually using it). Between graduating and selling her first book, she taught English in Japan, tutored, wrote freelance copy, and worked as a volunteer. When not writing, she is probably teaching herself about something new: photography, French, guitar, or how to memorize a whole deck of cards. She believes life, like a good story, should be threaded through with fascinations. Her first novel, Juniper Lemon's Happiness Index, was published in 2017 by Kathy Dawson Books/Penguin Books for Young Readers.